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Firefighters issue safety warning following tumble dryer fire

Rowan Way, Canewdon
01/03/2018 @ 15:14
Incident Number: 72956
In attendance: 1 x Hawkwell, 1 x Southend


Firefighters were called to a tumble dryer on fire in a semi-detatched house in Canewdon this afternoon.

When fire crews arrived they reported the utility room was full of smoke. Firefighters managed to quickly extinguish the fire.

Crew Manager Adam Paterson, Hawkwell Fire Station, said:

"The owners did the right thing and called us as soon as they saw the smoke and closed the doors of the utility room and kitchen. By doing this they stopped the fire and smoke spreading to the rest of their house.

"Incidents like this show how important it is to take extra care when using tumble dryers.

"Follow our advice to stay safe using your tumble dryer:

  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Don’t use tumble dryers at night or while unattended
  • Clean the filters after each use to ensure they do not become blocked with fluff
  • Items should be removed from the dryer immediately after the cycle and shaken loose to assist cooling
  • Ensure that the appliance has its own plug socket. Do not overload extension leads. Ensure that no more than 13 amps are in any one plug socket.

"We also want to remind people of the importance of smoke alarms. Smoke alarms give you ealry warning of a fire giving you and family time to get out of the house safely. Essex County Fire and Rescue Service provide FREE smoke alarms to anyone living in Essex. To arrange a home fire safety visit call: 0300 303 0088 or book online: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book."

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